Jonathan Bernier knew he was locked up when he stepped on the ice to warm up.
Despite outshooting the Red Wings 64-28 at five-on-five and out-chancing them 8-3, the Canadiens left the Bell Centre on a bitter note, losing 2-1. "We checked really well and had a good structure for about two periods", said Kings coach Todd McLellan, a former Red Wings assistant coach.
"From warm-up, the puck just seemed to be slower", said Bernier, who improved to 7-9-2 on the season. For me, that's what it is.
Bernier almost recorded Detroit's first shutout this season until Montreal scored in the final minute.
Born in Laval, Que., Phillip Danault denied a short runaway in the first.
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Early in the third, Bernier made a sprawling save with his catching glove when Nick Suzuki tried to tuck in a rebound.
It was the goalkeeper's second win against the Canadians this season after a 4-2 win at home in Montreal.
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"I don't think we did our best tonight".
The Wings first struck at 3:21 when Dylan Larkin won a ball battle behind the Canadiens net and fed Bertuzzi, who scored his 11th goal of the season in no-hit range.
The Red Wings had four power plays and Mike Green scored the winning goal on one of them in the third period. Green fooled Price on the blocker side with a one-timer from the point that went off the post and in. Riley Barber was in the penalty area because of a blow. "We should have been stronger on the puck". Why would you play a creative young player when you're trying to score to tie the game up? To make matters worst, both of those last period penalties were taken in the attacking zone. Given the turn this season is taking, I highly doubt that many Habs fans will have the will power to stay up and watch those games.
The Canadiens had their chances, though, before Green made it 2-0. When you don't get enough quality scoring chances, you can't bury them.
"We got off to a good start".
Red Wings forwards Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou returned from their respective injuries. Gallagher and Danault's five-game point streaks came to an end.
The Detroit Red Wings are proving that old adage on any given night any team in the National Hockey League can beat another team.